news Labor MP Michelle Rowland has been appointed to the Shadow Cabinet, taking on the role of Shadow Minister for Communications.
Rowland, who was a lawyer specialising in communications for over 10 years before entering Parliament, said she is “honoured” by the new role and looks forward to “tackling the challenges and embracing the opportunities for communications policy in Australia”.
“Communications is integral to the paramount Labor value of equality of opportunity and an critical part of Labor’s plan for jobs,” the new Shadow Minister said, adding that her party will continue to bring a “consumer-focused” approach to communications policy.
“Businesses and organisations across industries – from education and health care to Australia’s over two million small businesses – need confidence that communications policy is working for them. This means questions of accessibility and affordability must be the highest priorities,” she said.
According to the Shadow Minister, the election presented a “clear choice” between the Turnbull Government’s “failed approach” to a “second-rate” NBN, and Labor’s commitment for up to two million more fibre connections.
“The Prime Minister boasts the NBN is one of his proudest achievements, yet he oversaw Australia slide from 30th in the world for Internet speeds to 60th. This simply isn’t good enough,” she said.
Rowland said that she will continue to push Labor’s commitment to a “world-class NBN”.
Further, she aims to ensure the party’s approach to “important” policy debates – such as the communications regulatory framework, universal service and media ownership reform – is “grounded in evidence and what is best for all Australians, from our urban centres to regional and rural communities”.
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